Mind your Mind during Quarantine

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

We all are dealing with an unprecedented situation in our lives. The ‘new norm’ has seemingly set in at our household. What I’m thinking about is definitely changing. My wife surely believes that’s a good thing since 50% of my brain isn’t occupied with sports or comic book movies! But more concerning than WHAT I’m thinking is the change in HOW I’m thinking. Here’s a list of some of the cognitive distortions I’m wading through and noticing others are wading through during these times.

1. Catastrophizing- I’m noticing more and more that I’m thinking about the worst case scenario when it comes to the pandemic and not sticking with what I know. I’m trying to just focus on what I know and not think about the ‘what ifs.’

2. Cognitive Bias/ Mental Filter-I notice that I’m less flexible and more often only finding evidence to suit my assertions about the ‘new norm.’ I’m doing my best to try and accept that there is new information coming every day and that things can change.

3. Confusing Needs with Wants- In times of significant stress it’s not uncommon for me to think in a more restrictive way and think I NEED something that is really a want or desire. I’m trying to catch myself anytime I think ‘need’ or ‘should’ and reflect on if my thought is accurate.

4. Irrational Hopelessness- This is easy without a clear idea of how to get out of our situation right now as a society. Saying that the belief that there is no solution isn’t accurate. Just because there isn’t a solution I can see, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to reach out if you struggle with any of these ways of thinking.

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